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Monday 5 December 2016

Travel chaos in capital as marathon fever kicks in

Ryan Nugent

Published 29/10/2016 | 02:30

Shane McNulty, Ballybofey, gets a congratulatory kiss from his daughter Caoimhe after the 2015 Dublin marathon Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE
Shane McNulty, Ballybofey, gets a congratulatory kiss from his daughter Caoimhe after the 2015 Dublin marathon Photo: Cody Glenn / SPORTSFILE

There will be traffic chaos in the capital this weekend - as the Dublin City Marathon gets up and running tomorrow for the first time.

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Road closures and disruptions began last night, with event organisers putting barriers in place across the city for the bank holiday weekend.

The course takes in all four Dublin council zones but it will be the city centre that will bear the brunt of the disruption.

Merrion Square North, where the finish line will be, has been closed off to traffic since 7pm last night. It will remain shut until 6pm on Monday night.

While the east and south sides of the square have been out of bounds for drivers since 6am this morning.

When it comes to public transport, Dublin Bus are advising customers their real time bus information system will be out of service on the day.

More than 20 routes will also be affected by the marathon.

The company said in a statement that all diversions are from first bus until roads are reopened by gardaí, unless otherwise stated in their route diversion.

There will be no notable disruption to Luas services on the day.

The company say that they will be operating a regular Sunday service, with trams starting at 7am, finishing at 11.30pm and running every 10 minutes.

Those using Dublin Bikes this weekend have also been warned that stations at Merrion Square and Fitzwilliam Square will be closed all weekend.

Race participants looking to drive into the city on the morning of the race have been told they can avail of discount car parking in the centre.

Q-Park Ireland are offering all race participants and supporters 3pc off throughout the bank holiday weekend at their two main Dublin City car parks.

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